Inside the University 747 - Leg Rope Pass to the Other Side

Inside the University 747 - Leg Rope Pass to the Other Side

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This time when Gustavo tries to use the leg rope pass, his opponent stretches his leg across to prevent him from passing. Now Gustavo shows how he comes back to the other side rather than trying to force his pass. In some cases, he can even force his opponent to roll and expose his back, or he can just establish side control.


Inside the University 746 - Moving Laterally While Passing

Inside the University 746 - Moving Laterally While Passing

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Now Gustavo shows some details of the leg rope pass, including how he moves laterally with his hips facing the head, rather than his butt up and hips facing the mat. By moving laterally, he can keep more pressure and close the space so his opponent can't recover guard.

Inside the University 745 - Leg Rope Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 745 - Leg Rope Half Guard Pass

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Showing his favorite way to pass the half guard, Professor Gustavo's first objective is to stay on his toes and drive his weight forward into his opponent's knee shield. He reaches between the legs and cups his opponent's bottom thigh or grabs the pants and pushes down. He hops up to his feet and keeps his weight driving his opponent's knee into his chest. Next he windshield wipers his leg over the bottom leg, and keeps circling to the side until he has cleared the hip. Now he can drop his hip to the mat and walk back to control the legs and establish a strong side control.

Inside the University 702 - Passing the Guard if Your Opponent Doesn't Turn

Inside the University 702 - Passing the Guard if Your Opponent Doesn't Turn

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Sometimes while setting up the choke, your opponent will not turn into you, making it difficult to finish him. In this case, Victor opens his elbow, forcing his opponent's head to turn the other way, and then cuts his knee out of the half guard to side control.

Inside the University 692 - Keeping Your Elbow and Knee Connected

Inside the University 692 - Keeping Your Elbow and Knee Connected

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Now Xande breaks down the key detail of keeping your elbow and knee connected as you bring your knee to the mat in a three quarter mount. Xande keeps his knee inside his elbow until he has stapled his knee to the mat. Only then does he remove his arm to go for the underhook.

Inside the University 691 - Passing Half Guard when Your Opponent Blocks Your Arm

Inside the University 691 - Passing Half Guard when Your Opponent Blocks Your Arm

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Now from inside the half guard, when Xande tries to get his arm under the head, his opponent frames and blocks his arm. Xande swims his arm to the inside and punches the opposite arm with the inside of his elbow as he switches his hips to face his opponent. From here he follows the same steps as before to free his knee and get to the mount.

Inside the University 672 - Dealing with the Reverse De La Riva Hook

Inside the University 672 - Dealing with the Reverse De La Riva Hook

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Now when Gustavo gets to his feet, his opponent sinks the reverse De La Riva hook in deep behind his butt. Gustavo shows two options to deal with this. First he can put his weight into the chest and raise his hips to give him space to windshield wiper the leg. His other option is to cut his knee and slide his shin across his opponent's shin to pass.

Inside the University 671 - Half Guard Pass with Windshield Wiper

Inside the University 671 - Half Guard Pass with Windshield Wiper

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Gustavo stands up with his opponent playing knee shield, and looks for his first pass but his leg gets stuck. Now he steps his inside leg out past his opponent's hips, and steps his other leg in the same direction as he pulls the knee with him. He windshield wipers his leg to free it and pass the guard.

Inside the University 670 - Stay On Your Toes

Inside the University 670 - Stay On Your Toes

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Gustavo emphasizes the very important detail of staying on your toes when doing this passing drill. When he is on his toes, he can keep pressure on his opponent and also can move much faster and react better to his opponent's movements.

Inside the University 669 - Smashing the Half Guard to the Other Side

Inside the University 669 - Smashing the Half Guard to the Other Side

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Gustavo begins on his knees with his opponent framing on him from half guard. Gustavo places his hands on the hip and shoulder, and straightens his arms to push himself away. He comes up on his toes, and pushes the knee as he shuffles himself to the other side, turning his opponent as he goes. He finishes with his weight on his opponent and then repeats to the other side.

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

Inside the University 666 - Leg Weave Pass

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To set up the leg weave pass, Xande weaves his arm under the knee shield and cups the thigh of the bottom leg. He drops his weight so he that the side of his head puts pressure down on the chest, and then gets up on his toes to drive in with more pressure. He grabs his opponent's arm at the sleeve and pulls it tight to his body. Now to pass his leg, he can either windshield wiper or knee cut.

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

Inside the University 665 - Keeping Your Hips Flat

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Xande points out a key detail of not angling your hip too much when in the over-under. While staying on his toes and keeping pressure with his shoulder, he turns his hips just enough so his thigh can block his opponent's leg. He does not want to turn so much that he eases his pressure or gets himself off balance.